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July 29, 2011 / David Bleeker

Samsung stops reporting phone and tablet sales data due to competitive and legal pressure from Apple

Samsung, which reported second-quarter earnings today, did something odd, especially if you consider peculiarity of the timing. The company has stopped reporting sales data and forecasts for its mobile phones and tablets, notes The Wall Street Journal. Indeed, Samsung did not divulge phone or tablet shipments data in today’s earnings release, noting instead that “shipments of mobile handsets increased in the high-single-digit range quarter-on-quarter”. The firm’s chief of investor relations Robert Yi defended the move in a conference call with Wall Street analysts, citing competitive reasons:

As competition intensifies, there are increased risks that the information we provide may adversely affect our own businesses.

Analysts tell the Wall Street Journal that the change in reporting practice was “probably due to its continuing legal battle with Apple”. [read more]

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